We’re featuring Interesting stories this week from both Europe and Africa on the increasing pace of grid defection. The number of solar storage systems in Germany alone has reached 60,000. Meanwhile, at PowerGen Africa, speakers from South Africa and Botswana foretold the end of centralised utilities and a move to a decentralised power generation scenario within the next 20 years. Of course these views are extreme – grids will continue to exist and, with smart technology, we hope they will become more efficient. However, it will be interesting to see what happens in areas where consumers have a choice. The European story also points out that several utility companies are already looking at offering storage solutions to “defectors” to woo them back. Similarly how will utilities in countries with significant access problems fight back – no doubt, being government backed, with more stick than carrot!